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Verizon Galaxy Nexus vs HTC Rezound

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Interface and Functionality:

There’s always this never-ending argument about how some would easily prefer a stock Android experience as opposed to a customized one. Well, that’s essentially what we find against these two, as the Galaxy Nexus presents itself with the latest and most-up-to-date pure Android experience in the form of Andorid 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Of course, we love the total redesign of the smartphone platform, seeing it boasts a ton of new features and a cleaner looking interface as a whole, but don’t let that stop you from equally liking the HTC Rezound. In fact, HTC Sense 3.5 running on top of Android 2.3 Gingerbread on the Rezound is an equally compelling experience – thanks to its rich set of personalization, polished presentation, and usefulness. Still, though, the notion of being the latest version of Android would undoubtedly attract more people.

The interface of the Verizon Galaxy Nexus - Verizon Galaxy Nexus vs HTC Rezound
The interface of the Verizon Galaxy Nexus - Verizon Galaxy Nexus vs HTC Rezound
The interface of the Verizon Galaxy Nexus - Verizon Galaxy Nexus vs HTC Rezound
The interface of the Verizon Galaxy Nexus - Verizon Galaxy Nexus vs HTC Rezound
The interface of the Verizon Galaxy Nexus - Verizon Galaxy Nexus vs HTC Rezound
The interface of the Verizon Galaxy Nexus - Verizon Galaxy Nexus vs HTC Rezound
The interface of the Verizon Galaxy Nexus - Verizon Galaxy Nexus vs HTC Rezound
The interface of the Verizon Galaxy Nexus - Verizon Galaxy Nexus vs HTC Rezound

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 HTC Rezound comes with SENSE UI - Verizon Galaxy Nexus vs HTC Rezound
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 HTC Rezound comes with SENSE UI - Verizon Galaxy Nexus vs HTC Rezound
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 HTC Rezound comes with SENSE UI - Verizon Galaxy Nexus vs HTC Rezound
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 HTC Rezound comes with SENSE UI - Verizon Galaxy Nexus vs HTC Rezound

Blessed with plenty of real estate, we find it very easy for our thumbs to type up long passages of text with their respective on-screen keyboards. Not only are they spacious to accommodate any finger size, but their responsiveness enables us to type quickly with minimal mistakes made along the way.

Virtual keyboard of the Verizon Galaxy Nexus - Verizon Galaxy Nexus vs HTC Rezound
Virtual keyboard of the Verizon Galaxy Nexus - Verizon Galaxy Nexus vs HTC Rezound
Virtual keyboard of the Verizon Galaxy Nexus - Verizon Galaxy Nexus vs HTC Rezound
Virtual keyboard of the Verizon Galaxy Nexus - Verizon Galaxy Nexus vs HTC Rezound

Virtual keyboard of the  HTC Rezound - Verizon Galaxy Nexus vs HTC Rezound
Virtual keyboard of the  HTC Rezound - Verizon Galaxy Nexus vs HTC Rezound


Processor and Memory:

Dual-core processors aren’t anything new nowadays, but at least they complement handsets in being regarded as top-shelf products. The HTC Rezound features a 1.5GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8660 processor, while the Galaxy Nexus relies on a 1.2GHz TI OMAP 4460 CPU – both of which are coupled with 1GB of RAM. Interestingly enough, they perform very similar to one another, but they don’t necessarily come off as the most fluid things we’ve come across. With static wallpapers, they move with a good amount of responsiveness, but we experienced some evidence of choppiness when using graphically intensive live wallpapers. Granted that we’d love to see them running flawlessly, but at least the choppiness doesn’t dramatically deteriorate the entire experience.

As we’ve mentioned already, the HTC Rezound is preloaded with a 16GB microSD card, which supplements its 10.48GB of memory. Oppositely, the Verizon Galaxy Nexus omits a slot for expandability, but it’s stuffed with a spacious 32GB of memory.


Internet and Connectivity:

Being the best of the best, these beastly smartphones offer all the advantages of 4G LTE connectivity, but interestingly enough, we find the HTC Rezound delivering the faster speeds. In fact, it produces speeds that are roughly 3Mbit/s faster on the download, and 1Mbit/s peppier on the upload. On paper, the difference might seem to be substantial, but nonetheless, both are able to load our site in under 20 seconds. Certainly, the Rezound has the advantage with data speeds, but when it comes to the actual web browsing performance, the Galaxy Nexus boast the more fluid and responsive movements – though, Flash content tends to slow down their performance a little bit. In any event, they’re more than tolerable to accept.

Web browsing with the Verizon Galaxy Nexus - Verizon Galaxy Nexus vs HTC Rezound
Web browsing with the Verizon Galaxy Nexus - Verizon Galaxy Nexus vs HTC Rezound
Web browsing with the Verizon Galaxy Nexus - Verizon Galaxy Nexus vs HTC Rezound
Web browsing with the Verizon Galaxy Nexus - Verizon Galaxy Nexus vs HTC Rezound

The browser of the HTC Rezound - Verizon Galaxy Nexus vs HTC Rezound
The browser of the HTC Rezound - Verizon Galaxy Nexus vs HTC Rezound
The browser of the HTC Rezound - Verizon Galaxy Nexus vs HTC Rezound
The browser of the HTC Rezound - Verizon Galaxy Nexus vs HTC Rezound

Moreover, they both feature aGPS, Bluetooth 3.0 , 802.11 b/g/n/a Wi-Fi, and mobile hotspot functionality. Besides offering charging and data connectivity with their  microUSB ports, they also offer video-out connectivity – though, you’re required to purchase an optional MHL adapter to gain the functionality.

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